A speech made yesterday by the President of the Family Division has just been published by the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Speech by President of the Family Division: Nicholas Wall Memorial Lecture 2019

Current President of the Family Division, Andrew McFarlane reflects on the life of Nicholas Wall, a former President, and Head of Family Justice for England and Wales who passed away in 2017.

McFarlane goes on to talk about contact, child protection, secure accommodation, the Children Act 1989, and adoption.

The speech also marks the 30th anniversary of the Children Act 1989.

Nicholas sat on a panel for a Researching Reform debate we hosted with Mishcon de Reya in 2009 in the House of Commons, which looked at protecting children during divorce. We remember him as a thoughtful judge, who questioned the significant harm threshold more than once and advocated for no fault divorce.

You can read the speech here.


House of Commons Debate, 2009: Sir Nicholas Wall, Sandra Davies, Tim Loughton MP, Sir James Munby and Bob Reitemeier